Anti-government protests in Syria's Idlib ahead of expected assault

Large groups of Syrians took to the streets of Idlib province on August 31, to protest an expected Syrian government assault on the area, say reports.

Footage shared from Marat Numan city shows a large number of protesters rallying in the streets of the city against Syrian regime. (Marat Numan Media Center via Storyful)

Haaretz reports that thousands of government troops and allied fighters have been gathering in areas surrounding Idlib.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces have deployed at least 2,000 armored vehicles along the front lines surrounding Idlib and Hama.

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  • Who are the military groups facing off with the government in Idlib? Does the government have support from external forces in this looming battle?
  • Who/what is the current de facto government of Idlib? How well do they usually handle protests and political expression?
  • What are the leaders of other countries, and the UN saying?

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